Atlantis to Fukushima: Here at the Edge of the World

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Today is the first anniversary of the Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. Shortly after that happened, I wrote an article in the subscriber series telling the story of one degree of the zodiac — 28+ Gemini — that has been involved in many incidents of this magnitude. The story takes us back to the concept of Atlantis — the lost continent or fallen civilization — and how this relates to what out society is doing to itself with the split atom. There’s a connection between nuclear power and atomic bombs that most people overlook; in truth they are the same thing with the same consequences. — efc

Atlantis as envisioned by computer graphic artist, for the Nat Geo program Finding Atlantis. The producers say that the image is a composite of many ideas from classical monuments.

Atlantis as envisioned by computer graphic artist, for the Nat Geo program Finding Atlantis. The producers say that the image is a composite of many ideas from classical monuments.

Dear Friend and Reader:

In the midst of all of this nuclear madness, Nat Geo channel premiered a special about some scientists who have discovered the remnants of what they believe is the lost city of Atlantis. Its location, according to the theory? Some mud flats in southern Spain, near Portugal, called Donaña. The program, called “Finding Atlantis,” was created for the Nat Geo channel by a Canadian production company, and with a little research is revealed to be controversial.

Beneath this concrete dome on Runit Island (part of Enewetak Atoll), built between 1977 and 1980 at a cost of about $239 million, lie 111,000 cubic yards (84,927 cubic meters) of radioactive soil and debris from atomic bomb tests on the Bikini and Rongelap atolls. The dome covers the 30-foot (9-meter) deep, 350-foot (107-meter) wide crater created by the May 5, 1958, Cactus test. Note the people atop the dome. Archive Photo Credit: Defense Special Weapons Agency.

Beneath this concrete dome on Runit Island (part of Enewetak Atoll), built between 1977 and 1980 at a cost of about $239 million, lie 111,000 cubic yards (84,927 cubic meters) of radioactive soil and debris from atomic bomb tests on the Bikini and Rongelap atolls. The dome covers the 30-foot (9-meter) deep, 350-foot (107-meter) wide crater created by the May 5, 1958, Cactus test. Note the people atop the dome. Archive Photo Credit: Defense Special Weapons Agency.

The original archeological project, started by a Spanish team and then joined by Richard Freund of the University of Hartford, searched the Donaña bogs using a kind of MRI device, looking for underground evidence of a civilization of which they seem to have found some additional clues (this is a previously researched site). Freund proposes that the location of the presumed Atlantis focused on by the special was destroyed by a tidal wave. “This is the power of tsunamis,” he told Reuters. “It is just so hard to understand that it can wipe out 60 miles inland, and that’s pretty much what we’re talking about.”

“Debate about whether Atlantis truly existed has lasted for thousands of years,” Reuters reported as background to the program. “Plato’s ‘dialogues’ from around 360 B.C. are the only known historical sources of information about the iconic city. Plato said the island he called Atlantis ‘in a single day and night…disappeared into the depths of the sea’.”  Yet though many have gone searching for Atlantis, others believe that Plato was speaking in a kind of intellectual metaphor.

Of the things about the archeological find that Freund claims exist, the most endearing are models of the fabled city that were supposedly created as memorials by its refugees who landed in Spain — something denied by the Spanish scientists who say that no such models were found. For our purposes, though, it doesn’t matter whether the TV special is true or not — what matters is that the symbol of Atlantis makes a spontaneous appearance in our culture just as the world is on the brink of nuclear disaster.

Though we know very little about the actual Atlantis — including what it was called, when it existed, or whether it existed — the archetype of the lost continent is a persistent aspect of human consciousness. Sometimes it’s called Lemuria, or Mu. From one past-life regression about 10 years ago, I have a direct memory of being captain of a merchant marine vessel when Antarctica was inhabited, at the time of the mass evacuation from that continent. According to what I learned in my regression, one of the destinations for refugees was Spain. My wife went there. I stayed behind. It turned out that the leaders of the society who ordered the evacuation were about a century or two early in their predictions.

The myth of the lost civilization is persistent and it is intriguing. So, too, is the notion that a civilization, such as our own, might fall by its own undoing. I don’t think there is anyone who hasn’t considered whether this is inevitable; not out of any particular meanness or religious belief, but rather because we’re such a bunch of dumb asses who refuse to wake up.

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8 Responses to Atlantis to Fukushima: Here at the Edge of the World

  1. Amanda Painter Amanda Painter says:

    susyc – thanks for that…

  2. susyc says:

    Pandora’s Box

    They think they’ve found Atlantis

    in the mudflats of southern Spain

    near the Straits of Gibraltar

    Plato knew them as the

    Pillars of Hercules

    They think they’ve found Atlantis

    and none too soon

    with the lessons that island has

    to teach us

    Atlantis, a dream for many

    a symbol of technology

    outrunning the ability

    of its creators to

    control

    We’ve got nothing like that going on now.

    Technology, temptation and arrogance,

    might as well call it plutonium oxide

    and ethics be damned

    for profits

    Oppenheimer must have missed Pandora’s lesson

    it is possible to create evil

    that can’t be undone

    I wish he’d stuck with his poetry.

    We’ve found Atlantis just in time

    for the atom to do

    double-duty in Japan

    How many hundreds of thousands the first time?

    Not just when they fell, but after

    And now the reactors

    Let’s hope they can retighten that nut

    don’t forget

    lefty loosey, righty tighty

    Should I still lay claim to hope

    even if hope never

    made good it’s escape

    from Pandora’s box?

    For us so far away

    we don’t have to pretend

    the scenes are cinematic

    We plod along with blinders on

    our tunnel vision focused

    on American Idol

    Things don’t look good.

    Have you bought your potassium iodide yet

    or loaded your pantry with canned goods?

    I haven’t

    I feel like a Jew in Nazi Germany

    watching her neighbors

    get beaten up

    and not believing they’d ever come for me

    Radiation clouds’ll be hard to avoid

    once the jet-stream blows ‘em this way.

    Why is it karma

    visits the twice punished?

    If Truman was around

    I’d ask him.

    Karma seems to have lost its way

    in this age of Aquarius

    I call upon all that’s holy

    that worst case scenarios

    are error and conjecture

    if it’s not too late for that

    I call upon all that’s holy for the Japanese

    for their safety, healing and replenishment

    I call upon all that’s holy for the excavations

    of the lessons of Atlantis

    to proceed apace

    in our souls

  3. Kelly says:

    Technically it’s the other way round ‘planets are named after Greek gods’ (the Roman counterparts of the Greek gods)

  4. Kelly says:

    It was through a fascination of archaeology, lost civilisations; and the work of G.Hancock, Bauval, Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechend (Hamlet’s Mill)…that led me to astrology. A relentless thirst for answers that became an obsession and exhausted by a trail of information that went not further than the authors intended. I made the link when I asked a simple question: why did the Greeks name their 12 gods after the planets?
    That was by far my best Question.

  5. sunsprawl says:

    I really enjoyed this Atlantean/Middle Earth/Fukushiman reflection. I think it is very worthwhile to contemplate whether there may or not be an invisible war going on. It is interesting that there will be a new moon 28+ Gemini on June 19th this year. The same day that Mars clears its retrograde shadow, very near the solstice and less than a week from the first exact Uranus/Pluto square. Thank you for bringing this disaster back to the forefront. It is too easy to forget.

  6. luckydriver luckydriver says:

    FYI – for anyone that has any interest, PBS/Frontline recently aired a program about the nuclear disaster in Japan last year. It includes some interviews with TEPCO employees as well. Here is the link for the video of the show:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/japans-nuclear-meltdown/

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